Where should I start with Walter Benjamin (and Hannah Arendt and Foucault and bell hooks and...?) (Non-academic but well-read lay person perspective.) [more inside]
How does a non-academic find interesting academic texts? For months I've been trying to find stuff written about the intersections of systemic oppressions, namely racism, with bodies, health and disability. I feel so sure that some smart academics have written about this, but how do I find that writing? [more inside]
I am interested in any writings connecting (Universal) Turing Machines and horror. The idea of computers being able to imitate the behaviour of anything speaks to me of the monsters and doppelgängers from the Gothic tradition onwards. Know any writings on this? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of critical theory being successfully used to bring about progressive social change. Is there a particular legal, policy or social reform that can be clearly ascribed to the influence of critical theory (or any of its offshoots, such as queer theory or postcolonial theory)? I can think of many examples of activists who are influenced by theory and its concepts -- from queerness to performativity to the panopticon -- but is there any clear evidence of campaigns influenced by theory having tangible impact on lived social conditions, beyond merely "awareness raising" or "reshaping the discourse".
I am looking for an introductory text (preferably available online) that will outline these concepts for me. Thanks.
I am interested in critical theoretical and marxist spatial theory, please recommend me some books that provide a good overview or introduction to this area! Thanks!
What does the "principle of dissolvent rationality" mean in Chapter 1 of The Dialectic of Enlightenment? [more inside]
What are the important works of literature that analyze art and entertainment (a&e) from an interdisciplinary, critical or literary perspective? [more inside]
Alain Badiou: Where should I start? [more inside]
Help me find an essay on structuralist (?) critical/literary theory that I read in a class long ago. [more inside]
Can AskMe help me "get" Agamben? [more inside]
I would like a study guide for a dilettante reading Reza Negarestani's Cyclonopedia. [more inside]
I am looking for writings on mimesis in regards new, digital, hypertext and hypermedial technologies and cultures. [more inside]
Can anyone help me out with getting a pdf copy of Robert Cox's 1981 article - "Social Forces, States, and World Orders"? [more inside]
Literary Darwinism: A relatively new field of evolutionary psychology / literary theory. What has recently been written in argument against it? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend an excellent art theory and modern criticism site? [more inside]
New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD: I am currently undertaking an MA in Creative Writing and Critical Theory in London, and plan to go on to PHD after I finish. I would ideally like to go to an East coast USA/New York university to do this (for several reasons). I'd like some help with finding a good list of possible institutions... [more inside]
Explain Deleuze & Guattari's "abstract machine" in a way I can understand? [more inside]
What is affect? [more inside]
Metatextualityfilter: When it comes to reading philosophy, critical theory, and other forms of argumentative writing, what sort of active-reading methods or practices have you found successful? [more inside]